By JAKE JARVIS
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For about 45 minutes Wednesday, members of the House Judiciary Committee discussed a bill to protect religious freedom — protections that civil rights advocates and Democrats say are already protected by the U.S. Constitution.
The measure, House Bill 4010, would mandate that the government can’t compel a church or a church leader to perform a marriage against their sincerely held religious beliefs.
The bill passed out of the committee with a voice vote, with nays heard.
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